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COVID-19 (Coronavirus info)

Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

Protection from Abuse

NHSGGC is committed to doing all it can to support and protect survivors of domestic abuse and other forms of gender-based violence while COVID-19 protection measures are in place.

There is strong global and national evidence that domestic abuse and other forms of gender-based violence and control increase during pandemics. Whilst research tells us domestic abuse affects women more often and more severely than men, please be vigilant to the needs of all clients at this time.

Contact with a health worker may be the one chance for someone to get help and protection and even save their life.

The resources and information on this page will help survivors and staff to access the support they need.


Most Violence Against Women Services continue to operate during COVID-19 albeit with reduced or modified service.
Please click here for current information on services


The following provides Staff Guidance and Information on how you can help.  Please note, these link to StaffNet, so you need to be on the NHSGGC network to access it.

COVID-19 Domestic Abuse Guidance for NHSGGC Staff (StaffNet PDF)

Manager Guidance for Supporting Staff Experiencing Domestic Abuse (Staffnet PDF)

Guidance for frontline health staff on making telephone consultations safe (Staffnet page)


COVID-19 National Violence Against Women Guidance

Full document (PDF)   Executive summary (PDF)


This COSLA  framework provides information on how local authorities can support migrants with no access to public funds.


Staff are in a position to sensitively highlight key messages to people who may be affected by commercial sexual exploitation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
These are available at Sandyford’s website at


NHSGGC Gender-based violence and Human Trafficking resources.

Last Updated: 26 August 2020